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To: Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook Board of Directors
Peter Thiel does Trump’s Dirty Data Work, Remove him from Facebook’s Leadership
Facebook should remove Peter Thiel from the Board of Directors, who is the head of Palantir, the data-sharing company responsible for the recent privacy breach and the company used by ICE to create “target lists” for their home and workplace raids.
Why is this important?
This week Mark Zuckerberg testified before Congress to answer questions about Facebook's’ role in the 2016 election, and how the political consultancy firm Cambridge Analytica improperly gained access to personal information on 87 million Facebook users.
He apologized and committed to taking steps to protect user privacy. But real reform begins with cleaning house.
Yet, Peter Thiel, founder and owner of Palantir, is a key member of Facebook’s Board of Directors. Palantir is the data company that helped Cambridge Analytica find ways to collect people’s information on Facebook. It has been reported that a Palantir staffer “produced the idea to harvest Facebook user data” to begin with.
Palantir also created and manages the data processing and surveillance program that ICE uses to create “target lists” for their home and workplace raids. They are the technology firm behind Trump’s increase in arrests and deportations.
If Facebook wants to be taken seriously in their efforts to protect our data, privacy, and rights they need to start with kicking Peter Thiel off their Board of Directors.